Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team in One More Weather Day

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Robby Young, Josh Maggard | May 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

May 30, 2014 - 10:54 pm PT

Ground hog day of a sort here, though not really. We spent another day sitting, listening to what sounds like a freight train above us: the wind blowing over the Buttress.  Mid day though, the wind direction shifted, and 14 camp went from being a place of relative calm, to getting intermittent gusts of wind to 30 mph or so, enough to move a lot of snow around. At the same time the snowfall intensity increased, so that it finally feels like we are sitting in some real weather in Alaska. A number of skiers around camp took the opportunity to make some nice powder turns, making us all jealous. With all of that, we are still optimistic about our window in the next day or two, and so spirits are high. Once this system blows itself out, it will be off to the races for us, hopefully as soon as tomorrow. We’ll let you know how it goes!

Best,
RMI Guides Pete, Robby, Josh, and team

Views from Mt. McKinley's 14,000' Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Wishing all of you great weather…it’s time to climb!

Posted by: Nick Spanakis on 5/31/2014 at 1:50 pm

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